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Prison/Jail:1 in every 133 U.S. residents in prisons or local jails: crime news

Gentlereaders: Thirty-five of the fifty states are undergoing severe fiscal difficulties with the remainder restricting budgets as much as possible. Considering this, it was inevitable that states would begin the process of cutting prison populations. In some states, corrections spend more money than most agencies. States have realized that they cannot control their budgets without controlling correctional budgets.

Crime in America.Net staff.

 The results from the US Department of Justice:

  •  About 1 in every 133 U.S. residents was in custody of state or federal prisons or local jails.
  •  Men ages 30 to 34 and women ages 35 to 39 had the highest imprisonment rates
  •  About 1 in every 198 persons in the U.S. resident population was incarcerated in state or federal prison at yearend 2008
  •  Males were incarcerated at a rate about 15 times higher than females
  •  The prison population increased by 12,201 prisoners from 2007 to 2008, the smallest annual increase since 2000.
  •  The 0.8% growth during 2008 was the second year of decline in the rate of growth and the slowest growth in eight years
  • An increase in the number of prison releases was led by offenders released to the community without supervision.
  • Twenty states reported a decline in the number of prisoners
  •  The U.S. imprisonment rate declined for the second time since Year-end 2000; about 1 in every 198 persons in the U.S. resident population was incarcerated in state or federal prison at yearend 2008.
  • The U.S. imprisonment rate declined for the second time since yearend 2000; about 1 in every 198 persons in the U.S. resident population was incarcerated in state or federal prison at yearend 2008.
  •  Slower growth in the state prison population associated with fewer new court commitments
  •  Twenty-eight states reported a decrease in their imprisonment rates, 20 states reported an
  • increase, and two states reported no change to their imprisonment rates at yearend 2008
  •  The number of parole violators admitted to state prison increased during 2008 at a slower rate than during the previous two years, offsetting some of the effect of the decline in new court commitments on the total number of state prison admissions.

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